MeeK

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MeeK
MeeK live at Comedy Club Paris 2009.jpg
MeeK in concert, Paris 2009
Background information
Birth name Stephane-Franck Pascal
Born (1971-02-16)16 February 1971
Origin Montmorency, France
Genres Adult contemporary, rock, pop, French pop
Occupation(s) Artist, singer, songwriter, artist, producer, arranger, musician
Instruments Piano, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, percussions.
Years active 1996–present
Labels BMG, Universal, Believe Digital, Bedroom, Raindrop, Rumble
Website meekintheweb.net

MeeK (birth name Stephane-Franck Pascal; born 16 February 1971 in Montmorency, near Paris, France), is a Franco-British artist, singer, recording artist, musician, Alternative pop songwriter and producer. His stage name (always spelled with a capital "M" and a capital "K") is a homage to 1960s British pop producer Joe Meek. A multi-instrumentalist, MeeK plays all the instruments on his recordings through a multitracked/multi-layered method of recording and provides all vocals including multi-layered backing harmonies.

Since his first album in 2002 and an ever strong presence on the Internet right from its very early days as a mass media,[1][2][3] MeeK is part of the European pop/rock Indie music scene. Over the years and through word-of-mouth some have come to consider him a "cult-artist" because of his ever dedicated worldwide fanbase, his rather non-typical and enigmatic persona and the fact that he is one of the very first few artists in Europe who have pioneered in utilizing the Internet as a marketing tool and a medium to publicize and/or expose their music to the general public in the late-1990s, long before the advent of social networks like MySpace, Facebook or YouTube.[4]

After having briefly been a member of London-based Indie acoustic-pop bands Tin Can Heart and Elsewhere in the mid-1990s, MeeK was signed as a solo songwriter by Stephane Berlow of BMG Music Publishing France in 1996.

With the encouragement and support of French actors Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui and Jamel Debbouze, MeeK released his first album titled "Psychotique" (Psychotic) in 2002 on the record label Bedroom to a warm critical reception in France. The CD created what was not yet called an Internet buzz[5][6] (the Web still being in its infancy as a mainstream media in the early-2000s), and was well noticed in the French Indie music scene of the time. French pop artist Calogero decided to sponsor MeeK after hearing him on the radio and mistaking him for a female performer because of his rather high-pitched vocal range.[7] Calogero then invited MeeK to perform his single "Psychotique" on "The Live Café", one of the first music programs on the French Web, produced in partnership by Universal Music and NRJ radio station. MeeK's "Psychotique" album was also released in a deluxe digipack version in Japan by Tokyo Indie record label MINF Records with an introductory essay by leader of Japanese pop group Pizzicato Five Yasuharu Konishi, drawing a camparison between the Franco-English songwriter and Paul McCartney amongst others. Since then, all MeeK albums have been released in Japan by the same record label.[8]

In 2003 and at the request of his Japanese label, MeeK released the album "Sleeping with Big Ben" composed of fourteen Lennon-McCartney songs recorded in an all-acoustic and vocal treatment. The tribute album's release was limited to the Japanese market only and soon became a popular collectable amongst curious Beatles fans around the world. The album was finally released in a digital form worldwide in 2011.[9]

In 2004, his second album of original songs "Margaret Et Ses Bijoux" (Margaret And Her Jewels) was released and can be defined as a concept album. It confirmed the "MeeK buzz" on the Internet and scored excited reviews in the French music press as well as on many professional music blogs.[10][11][12]

In 2004, MeeK translated what is considered the only official "autobiography" by Paul McCartney the former Beatle wrote in collaboration with Barry Miles in 1997, "Many Years From Now", in French for Paris publisher Flammarion (French title : "Les Beatles, les Sixties & moi" – The Beatles, the '60s and Me).[13]

In 2008 and after a two-year hiatus due to serious health concerns, MeeK recorded his third album "Sortie De Secours" (Emergency Exit)[14] which he co-produced with Maxime Monegier Du Sorbier. Collaborating for the first time with a dozen musicians during the recording sessions, MeeK used no machines, synthesizers nor samplers at all during the album production that spanned more than 10 months. A real string section appeared on several tracks as well as a Celtic bagpipes section for the title "Je Vous Aime Immediatement".
The album lead single "Six Feet Under" is MeeK's most commercially successful hit with the single "So Fresh" so far[15] and a nod to the HBO TV series of the same name. The single entered hundreds of campus and college radio stations playlists around the world and was the first independent music production to have cracked the Swiss state radio station Radio Suisse Romande's Top 20 while its promo video created a remarkable YouTube buzz.[16]

In 2010, several Electronic artists including The Electronic Matter, The OriginalFake and Lyhne remixed a few tracks from the "Sortie De Secours" album which were compiled on the "ElectroMeeK MySpace" parallel to the regular official Meek MySpace.[17]

In April 2011, the album "Archives 97/07" compiling 15 unreleased tracks recorded during sessions from MeeK's four previous efforts was released in digital form worldwide.

MeeK began recording sessions for his next album in April 2011 in Paris and the album titled "Aristocracy" is an English album, co-produced by MeeK and (musicianAmerican partnership Ramses & Beaumond (group pseudonym of Christopher Hannover-Klein and Andy Ambrose),[18][19]

After the successive releases of 2 singles, the college-radio-friendly "So Fresh" in 2012 and the cold and icy "Monolith #6" in 2013 announcing the long-awaited album,[20][21] the long anticipated "Aristocracy" album was finally released worldwide on April the 1st 2015.[22] The album took 5 years in the making, using 6 different studios in Paris, London, South of France and Los Angeles. It was mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London ("Just for a laugh" said MeeK).[23]

Discography[edit]

  • 2002 : "Psychotique" (Album – Bedroom/Musicast BDRM002)
  • 2003 : "Sleeping With Big Ben" (Tribute Album for Japanese market – Bedrooom/Minf Records BDRM003)
  • 2004 : "Margaret Et Ses Bijoux" (Album – Bedroom/Musicast BDRM004)
  • 2008 : "Sortie De Secours" (Album – Bedroom/Raindrop/Musicast RAIN 002)
  • 2011 : "Archives 97/07" (Compilation Album – Bedroom/Believe Digital BDR005)
  • 2012 : "So Fresh" / "Back to the Monolith" (Single – Bedroom/Believe Digital BDRM006)
  • 2013 : "Monolith #6" / "Vicodin Anyone ?" (Single – Bedroom/Believe Digital BDRM006)
  • 2015 : "Aristocracy" (Album – Bedroom/Believe Digital BDRM008))

Videos[edit]

  • So Fresh (Directors : Ramses & Beaumond)
  • Monolith #6 (Directors : Ramses & Beaumond)
  • Six Feet Under (Director : Emmanuel Bajolle)
  • Troublemaker (Director : SFMP)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Director : Angel)
  • Le Gange Illumine (Director : Arthur Shelton)
  • Elle Est Tellement Vieille Que Tous Ses Amis Sont Morts (Director : SFMP)
  • Evaporée Charlotte Morphinique (Director : Saïd Boukrouna)
  • Le Papillon Junkie (Director : SFMP)
  • Psychotique (Director : SFMP)
  • Big Fish (Big Boat) (Director : Anthony Pascal)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MeeK's new album reviewed on CLUAS
  2. ^ "Review MeeK's "Margaret et ses Bijoux" on PopNews". Popnews.com. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Review for MeeK's "Margaret et ses Bijoux " on Le Guide Gay". Leguidegay.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "MeeK biography on Neo Radio". Radioneo.org. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. ^ "MeeK's debut album reviewed on SucrePop". Sucrepop.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  6. ^ "MeeK's Psychotique album review on PopNews". Popnews.com. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ "French Pop artist Calogero talking about MeeK on NRJ Radio". Youtube.com. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  8. ^ "MeeK on Minf Records Japan". Minfrance.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "MeeK's Sleeping With Big Ben album on Deezer". Deezer.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  10. ^ "MeeK's second album reviewed on PopNews". Popnews.com. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Review MeeK's "Margaret et ses Bijoux" on SucrePop". Sucrepop.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Chronique " MeeK's Margaret Et Ses Bijoux on Le Guide Gay". Leguidegay.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  13. ^ "McCartney's autobiography translated in French by MeeK". Amazon.fr. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  14. ^ "MeeK's Sortie De Secours on Allmusic". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  15. ^ "Vidéo MeeK's Six Feet Under promo on YouTube". Youtube.com. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  16. ^ "MeeK's Official YouTube". Youtube.com. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  17. ^ Fr (23 November 2010). "The ElectroMeeK MySpace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  18. ^ MeeK's forthcoming album : one transatlantic virtual album
  19. ^ MeeK's new Aristocracy album out in October
  20. ^ MeeK's So Fresh single
  21. ^ MeeK's Monolith #6 single
  22. ^ MeeK's Aristocracy Album
  23. ^ MeeK's Aristocracy Album in the making

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